How the Munster players rated against Saracens at Thomond Park

How the Munster players rated against Saracens at Thomond Park
Munster's Billy Holland and Peter O'Mahony. Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

MIKE HALEY: Ran across the pitch too many times and didn’t show enough conviction on his kick chase in the first half for his only Garryowen. Rating 7/10.

ANDREW CONWAY: As always looked dangerous when he had the ball. Was one of only three backs to make clean line breaks. 8.

CHRIS FARRELL: Trucked the ball up when he had to but ran into too much traffic far too often. Was solid defensively. 7.

RORY SCANNELL: Made a clean line break and was sound in attack and defence. 8.

KEITH EARLS: Munster’s most potent weapon in the first half, but had to do far more defending in the second half. 8.

JJ HANRAHAN: Had a quiet game, kicked a conversion and penalty in difficult conditions. 7.

CONOR MURRAY: Looked for penalties instead of getting on with his job. Looks off his best still. 6.

JAMES CRONIN: Had to do a lot of tackling and went into double figures in it. Did the basics well. 8.

NIALL SCANNELL: Missed his man in two lineouts, but the weather made it a difficult night for throwers. Only CJ Stander had more carries than him in the pack. 8.

STEPHEN ARCHER: Made a dozen tackles and was harshly judged to have knocked on at the try line. Was unfortunate to get in the way of a clearance. Solid display otherwise. 8.

JEAN KLEYN: Was solid without being convincing. Missed a crucial tackle that almost yielded a score in the second half. 7.

BILLY HOLLAND: Read the last Saracens lineout of the game to perfection and that was crucial as a converted try in those last seconds would have been a disaster for Munster. 8.

TADHG BEIRNE: Should have had two poaches under any other referee other than Romaine Poite. Again had to do a lot more defensive work than attack work. 8.

PETER O’MAHONY: Led by example and was on hand to finish off a chance for Munster’s only try of the game. Solid as always. 8.

CJ STANDER: Won Man of the Match for his carries and yards gained. 8.

LIAM O’CONNOR: Did all that was necessary and had two good carries in the final 10 minutes. 7.

JOHN RYAN: On for almost half an hour and trucked up two important carries. 7.

FINEEN WYCHERLEY: Has to be considered as a started on the faster surface next weekend. 8.

ARNO BOTHA: Was harshly red-carded did some great work while he was on. 8.

JACK O’DONOGHUE: Another who could start next weekend after a great 20 minutes. 8.

KEVIN O’BYRNE: Not on long enough.

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